TONIGHT! 7/29 - 615 N. Fairview, 5-7PM.
What can fiction writers teach historians about constructing historical narratives? What can fiction writers learn from historians about representation, authenticity and honoring the past? For an event called Historical Fiction/Fictional History, writers & historians are invited to share strategies for developing stories, a talk lead by Caroline, an LA-based labor historian. Local microbrews & repartee included.
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EVENT: Historical Fiction/Fictional History: A Conversation About Storytelling
Academic history writing can often be stale, discourse-laden and esoteric, and some of the best fiction writers avoid historical topics out of fear that they might be swept up in the politics of writing about the past. Meanwhile, the undeniable public appetite for books related to historical topics has been left to be satiated by journalists and political pundits who often write history to advance their own agendas.
This event aims to bring together writers of history with writers of fiction to discuss how we develop stories. We will address the following questions: What can historians learn from fiction writers about constructing historical narratives? What can fiction writers learn from historians about representation, authenticity and honoring the past? How can we make high-level history writing palatable and engaging for a variety of audiences? How can we inject high-level historical content into great fiction?
We’ll start with a casual conversation over beers on Tuesday, July 29th, 5-7 pm at 615 N. Fairview Drive, with snacks and cold beers provided.